How do you recognize brown soft scale?

Juvenile stages have oval-shaped, flat bodies and are yellow, almost translucent colored. Adult females are spherical- and oval-shaped with a dark spotted pattern on the back. 

Brown soft scale Coccus hesperidum
Brown soft scale
Microterys nietneri female on Coccus hesperidum
The parasitoid Microterys on brown soft scale

Brown soft scale damage

Brown soft scales are plantsucking insects that cause growth deformations to the plant. The large amount of honeydew that is secreted during feeding forms a growth medium for fungi which may cause hampered photosynthesis. 

Life cycle brown soft scale

  • several hundred eggs per female
  • egg to adult in 4-6 weeks
  • males are rare
  • several generations per year in greenhouses

Host plants brown soft scale

  • common in greenhouses and horticulture
  • Anthurium, Asplenium
  • Gerbera, rose
  • Ficus, Schefflera
Our products against

Brown soft scale

COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS

Effective agains
– Many different soft scale species

METAPHYCUS FLAVUS

Effective against
– Brown soft scale
– Hemispherical scale

MICROTERYS NIETNERI

Effective against
– Brown soft scale

Common soft scale species

Brown soft scale
Hemispherical scale
Black
scale

Horse chestnut scale
Hydrangea scale
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